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Torch Singer (1933)

Passed  -  Drama | Musical | Romance  -  8 September 1933 (USA)
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When she can't support her illegitimate child, an abandoned young woman puts her up for adoption and pursues a career as a torch singer.

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Sally Trent, aka Mimi Benton
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Tony Cummings
David Manners ...
Michael 'Mike' Gardner
Lyda Roberti ...
Dora Nichols
Baby LeRoy ...
Bobby, Dora's Baby at 1 Year (as Baby Le Roy)
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Andrew 'Juddy' Judson
Sam Godfrey ...
Harry, Radio Announcer
Florence Roberts ...
Mother Angelica
Virginia Hammond ...
Mrs. Julia Judson
Mildred Washington ...
Carrie, Mimi's Maid
Cora Sue Collins ...
Sally at 5 Years
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Miss Spaulding
Albert Conti ...
Carlotti
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Agatha Alden
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Storyline

Sally Trent has an illegitimate child, but cannot support her and gives the baby up for adoption. The father, Michael Gardner, leaves for China not knowing about the baby, and she assumes he has abandoned her for life. She gets a job as a torch singer, changes her name to Mimi Benton, and becomes notorious for her drinking and philadering. Mimi fills in on a children's radio program as the character "Aunt Jenny," singing and telling bedtime stories, and eventually uses the airtime to find her long lost daughter, part with her wild lifestyle, and reunite with Michael. Written by sarasdano

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The worst woman in New York...sang the best love songs! Lips that had kissed more men than she could remember ...crooned lullabies no one could forget!

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Drama | Musical | Romance

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8 September 1933 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Broadway Singer  »

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(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »

Quotes

Mimi Benton: [to her newborn daughter] Why couldn't you have been a boy? This world's such a tough place for a girl to come to.
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Torch Singer
(1933)
Music by Ralph Rainger
Lyric by Leo Robin
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Jilted Claudette in Excellent Tour de Force
10 February 2002 | by (Forestville, Ca) – See all my reviews

It's fun to see Colbert warbling the blues (several times) and kiddies lullabies in this well made and directed soap. Unwed and unable to manage she gives up her baby and becomes a disreputable torch singer and the hottest attraction around. Colbert goes from forlorn unwed mother to Mae-Westian blues singer in a captivating role. "Realization" puts her "back on track" to find her daughter. All this in 72 minutes! Good support from Lyda Roberti, Ricardo Cortez and David Manners. It's a shame this isn't available on video.


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